Monthly Archives: July 2014

Miller Wins Second Consecutive $10,000 Birthday Race


The UMP Late Model Summer Nationals and Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals wrapped up their month long tours at Oakshade Raceway Saturday night. Forty-eight Late Model and forty-five Modified drivers gathered at the 3/8 mile bullring for the big finale.

Moweaqua Illinois’ Shannon Babb entered the final event with a 43 point advantage over Ryan Unzicker and 45 points on Brian Shirley. Also on the line was the $10,000 going to the winner of the 60-lap 16th Annual Birthday Race Late Model feature event. Mason Zeigler seemed like a safe bet to win after a strong showing the past two nights picking up consecutive wins at Brushcreek and Attica. Zeigler started the night off setting the fast time with a lap of 14.654. The Uniontown, Pennsylvania driver ended up on the pole of the feature and led the first part of the race. Last week’s Oakshade feature winner and last year’s Birthday Race winner, Matt Miller got by Jeep Van Wormer by lap 10 to take over second and began to reel in Zeigler. Miller caught Zeigler in lapped traffic and used it to his advantage to take over the race lead on lap 15. A couple laps later, Zeigler spun in turn one while racing with Ryan Unzicker for the second position which brought out the only caution period in the race. Miller was able to pull away from Unzicker after the restart. Later in the race, Babb made his presence known, pressuring Unzicker for second. Miller’s lead began to shrink just a bit toward the end, but it was enough to win his third Oakshade Raceway Birthday Race. He joins Babb as the only two drivers to have won this event three times. Unzicker finished .759 seconds behind Miller and Babb’s third place finish was more than enough to lock up his fourth DIRTcar UMP Summer Nationals title. Last year’s Summer Nationals champion, Brandon Sheppard finished fourth with Van Wormer slipping back to fifth.

Next up was the Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals 25-lap feature event. Brian Ruhlman made a daring move at the start, going three-wide with Taylor Cook and Randy Lines to take the race lead early. Ruhlman then proceeded to check out on the rest of the field. Matt Hamilton from Aurora, Indiana began to close in on Ruhlman late in the race, but ran out of laps. Hamilton ended up finishing second, .936 seconds behind Ruhlman in the caution-free race. Jeff Babcock finished third with Collin Thirlby fourth. Josh Scott started 16th and worked his way up to a fifth place finish.

The Best Performance Motorsports Compacts wrapped up a great night of racing with their feature event that started off with some three-wide racing for the lead. John Martis, Aaron Barrick and Brandon Myers battled at the front with Martis eventually settling in to the top spot by lap two. A couple laps later Barrick fell off the pace and tried to limp back to the pits, but didn’t quite make it and brought out the yellow flag. Martis continued to lead Myers all the way to the checkered flag. It was the fourth feature win of the year for Martis who was also celebrating a birthday. Last week’s feature winner, Myers, finished second. Brogan Rehklau was third followed by Cody Stetten and Matt Brazeau.

The Sportsman and Bomber classes will be back in action this Saturday, July 26 at Oakshade Raceway for the Sportsman Twin 25′s. The Sportsmen will run two full 25-lap features in addition to a full racing program of UMP Late Models, Bombers and Best Performance Motorsports Compacts. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 7pm.

This IS The Weekend


It is finally here. The $10,000 Birthday Race/UMP Late Model Summer Nationals Finale. The Summit Racing Modifieds Nationals finale and Best Performance Motorsports Compacts will also be part of the show this Saturday night!

Gates will be opening at 11am this morning (Friday) until 12mid for those wishing to camp, reserve seats or just coming out for the fun. All that pass through the gate on Friday, must purchase a grandstand ticket or pit pass for Saturday’s event. To reserve your seats, please wrap a blanket/tarp around bleachers and then wrap the tape around that. Do not place tape directly on the bleachers as this will leave a sticky residue that no one likes to sit on.

Gates open at 10am on Saturday and the pits will be open for everyone to meet your favorite dirvers until 4pm. You must have a pit pass to remain in the pits after 4pm. Hot laps are scheduled for 6pm with qualifying directly after. Racing begins at 7:45.

Grandstand tickets for this $10,000 event are just $12!

Matt Miller Back In Victory Circle


The Vintage American Race Cars (V.A.R.C.) joined the regular racing program at Oakshade Raceway on Saturday night for a little old school racing featuring mostly classic midget and sprint cars. The racing was highlighted by a couple of race wins by John Lawhorn in his 1968 sprint car.

In UMP Late Model action, Matt Miller drove an excellent race to pick up his first feature win of the year. The win gives him some momentum to build on going in to next week’s $10,000 to win Birthday Race/Summer Nationals Finale. Steve Kester started at the point and maintained the lead for the first part of the race with Miller working the inside. Finally Miller took command on lap nine and drove away from the rest of the field to the checkered flag in the caution-free race. Kester was able to fend off a late challenge from Brian Ruhlman to finish in second.

Jamie Grochowski started off strong in the Sportsman feature event, taking the lead at the drop of the green flag after starting on the outside of the front row. Grochowski slipped up high on the third lap opening the door for Tim Line to drive on by on the inside to take the lead away. Line led the rest of the distance and despite a close call with Joe Keebler who spun right in front of him in the final corner, Line was able to earn his fifth feature win of the year. Grochowski finished second followed by Mike Jessen and Joe Derbeck.

The Bomber A Main featured an epic battle between Chris Sands and Jeff Foks for the majority of the race. Sands started on the pole and immediately took the lead over Terry Rushlow. Rushlow had problems on lap four and dropped out of competition. Foks then began to pressure Sands for the lead, looking inside and outside. Finally, Foks was able to make the pass on the outside with just under a handful of laps remaining. Sands never gave up and took one last shot at Foks on the final lap dropping down low in the final corners, but it wasn’t enough. Foks earned win number six on the season with Sands following up in second.

Brogan Rehklau took the early lead in the Best Performance Motorsports Compact feature event after starting on the pole and led the first few laps. After an early caution for a Matt Brazeau spin, Terry Rushlow Sr. got turned around on the ensuing restart and multiple cars piled in. Rushlow was running in the top five at the time. Shortly after the next restart, Rehklau fell off the pace which turned the lead battle over to Brandon Myers and John Martis. The two drivers traded the lead and some paint. In the end, it was Myers holding off Martis to pick up his third feature win of the year.

Multiple lead changes amongst multiple drivers highlighted the final race of the night, the Bomber B Main. Scott Hammer took over the early lead after starting on the outside of the second row. Justin Gamber had worked his way up to second before slipping up high in turn one and stopping in turn two to bring out the second caution in the race. After the restart, Hammer led the field into turn one and lost it in turn two, spinning in front of the entire field. Ted Hill then inherited the lead, but Garry Domoe took over the top spot on the following lap. Hill fought back to the inside and contact going into turn three sent both drivers spinning which brought out another caution. Steven Pocock then became the leader again after starting on the pole. A couple laps later Tim McNicol took command and held off a late charge from Scott Robertson to take the checkered flag. Hammer recovered to finish third with Domoe salvaging a fourth place finish after get caught up in few incidents earlier in the race. Henry Walls Jr. finished fifth.

Oakshade Raceway hosts its biggest event of the year this coming weekend with the $10,000 to win 16th Annual Birthday Race/UMP Late Model Summer Nationals Finale along with the Summit Racing Modifieds Summer Nationals Finale and the Best Performance Motorsports Compacts. Gates will be open on Friday, July 18 from 11am to 12am for those wishing to camp and/or put a blanket down to reserve your place in the grandstands. Everyone that enters on Friday must purchase a grandstand ticket or pit pass for Saturday’s event. Then on Saturday, July 19, gates will be open at 10am. The pits will be open to everyone until 4pm. After 4pm you must have a pit pass to remain in the pits. Racing will begin at 7:45pm. Admission is just $12 for ages 12 and up as it is each and every Saturday night at Oakshade Raceway. For more information visit

Keller Gets Memorial Night Feature Win


Chris Keller picked up his first feature win of the year on Memorial Night at Oakshade Raceway.

Matt Miller passed for the lead on a three-wide move at the start of the UMP Late Model feature race and proceeded to pull away to a half track advantage over Tim Sabo. Everything changed on lap 17 when the yellow came out for Amy Clair who slammed hard into one of the large tires that separates the racing surface from the infield. At the same time, Sabo gave up second place and retired to the pits. Jeff Babcock also suffered a set back cutting down a right rear tire. He had to relinquish fourth place to have it attended to in the pits. After all that, Miller led Steve Kester and Chris Keller back to the green flag. Keller got by Kester and then Miller spun in turn four after some contact with Keller which brought out another yellow flag. When the running order was reset, Kester was the leader with Keller second for the restart. The two drivers raced side by side for the lead with Keller eventually taking command a couple laps later. Brian Ruhlman worked his way into contention late in the race to challenge Keller for the lead, but Keller held on to take the checkered flag. Ruhlman settled for second, but took over the Oakshade Late Model point lead. Last week’s feature winner, Casey Noonan, finished third with Kester dropping back to end up fourth. Rusty Schlenk finished fifth and fell 6 points behind Ruhlman in the point standings.

Jamie Grochowski led the first lap of the Memorial Night Sportsman feature event until Mike Jessen took over on lap two. Multiple caution flags kept the field from getting too strung out and Jessen continued to lead until there were less than five laps remaining when Tim Line joined the battle. Line jumped to the outside and after some side by side dueling, Line got the lead by a nose on lap 15. Two laps later, Jessen fought back on the inside to reclaim the lead, but Line was back in front with two laps to go. Line survived a close call with Brad Johnson whose car came to stop right in front of the leader and won his fourth feature of the year. Jessen took second followed by Jamie Grochowski, Bruce Stuart and Drew Smith.

Jeff Foks led the entire distance of the Bomber A Main and pocketed all the Memorial Night lap sponsorship money in doing so. Mathew Chapman was running second early in the race and spun in turn four to bring out one of the early caution periods. The winner of the last two Bomber A Mains, Chris Sands, took over second and had a great race with Foks for the lead. They raced side by side much of the race with Sands working the inside while Foks stayed high. In the end, Foks was able to put a little distance on Sands to earn his fifth A Main win of the year. Sands finished second. Craig Dippman was third followed by Curt Dickie and Jim Remley who rounded out the rest of the top five finishers.

John Martis continued his recent domination in the Best Performance Motorsports Compacts with his third consecutive feature win. That victory helped close him to within 27 points of Brandon Myers for the point lead. Myers second place finish kept Martis from gaining too much ground on that point lead. Cody Stetten finished third followed by Aaron Barrick and Cory Gumm.

Tim McNicol took the early lead in the Bomber B Main until Tim Murphy got around by lap three. Adam Lantz moved into second and challenged Murphy for the lead most of the race. A late caution for Joe Rozek’s spin set up a one lap race to the finish. Murphy got a good restart and was able to pick up the win with Lantz settling for second. Ted Hill and Pete Herman were penalized for jumping the last restart which gave Scott Hammer a third place finish. Ted Hill was credited with a fourth place finish with Tim McNicol fifth.

Next Saturday Oakshade Raceway will feature another full racing program of UMP Late Models, Sportsmen, Bombers and Best Performance Motorsports Compacts. In addition, the Vintage American Race Car group will be on hand for some old school racing. All the action starts at 7pm. Gates open at 4pm.